MYD17A2HGF v061

MODIS/Aqua Gross Primary Productivity Gap-Filled 8-Day L4 Global 500 m SIN Grid

PI: Steve Running

Historic processing continues for MODIS V6.1 data products for years 2011 through 2018. It is the intent to complete processing of the archive by the end of the 2021 calendar year. The V6 land products will be available until the V6.1 processing is completed, upon which time the MODIS V6 products will be decommissioned.


The MYD17A2HGF Version 6.1 Gross Primary Productivity (GPP) Gap-Filled product is a cumulative 8-day composite of values with 500 meter (m) pixel size based on the radiation use efficiency concept that can be potentially used as inputs to data models to calculate terrestrial energy, carbon, water cycle processes, and biogeochemistry of vegetation. The Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data product includes information about GPP and Net Photosynthesis (PSN). The PSN band values are the GPP less the Maintenance Respiration (MR). The data product also contains a PSN Quality Control (QC) layer. The quality layer contains quality information for both the GPP and the PSN.

The MYD17A2HGF will be generated at the end of each year when the entire yearly 8-day MYD15A2H is available. Hence, the gap-filled MYD17A2HGF is the improved MYD17, which has cleaned the poor-quality inputs from 8-day Leaf Area Index and Fraction of Photosynthetically Active Radiation (LAI/FPAR) based on the Quality Control (QC) label for every pixel. If any LAI/FPAR pixel did not meet the quality screening criteria, its value is determined through linear interpolation. However, users cannot get MYD17A2HGF in near-real time because it will be generated only at the end of a given year.

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Improvements/Changes from Previous Versions

  • The Version 6.1 Level-1B (L1B) products have been improved by undergoing various calibration changes that include: changes to the response-versus-scan angle (RVS) approach that affects reflectance bands for Aqua and Terra MODIS, corrections to adjust for the optical crosstalk in Terra MODIS infrared (IR) bands, and corrections to the Terra MODIS forward look-up table (LUT) update for the period 2012 - 2017.
  • A polarization correction has been applied to the L1B Reflective Solar Bands (RSB).
  • The product uses Climatology LAI/FPAR as back up to the operational LAI/FPAR.

Product Maturity

Validation at stage 3 has been achieved for the MODIS Gross and Net Primary Productivity data products. Further details regarding MODIS land product validation for the MYD17 data products are available from the MODIS Land Team Validation site.

Collection and Granule


Characteristic Description
CollectionAqua MODIS
File Size~10 MB
Temporal ResolutionMulti-Day
Temporal Extent2002-01-01 to Present
Spatial ExtentGlobal
Coordinate SystemSinusoidal
File FormatHDF-EOS
Geographic Dimensions1200 km x 1200 km


Characteristic Description
Number of Science Dataset (SDS) Layers3
Columns/Rows2400 x 2400
Pixel Size500 m


SDS Name Description Units Data Type Fill Value No Data Value Valid Range Scale Factor
Gpp_500m Gross Primary Productivity kgC/m²/8day 16-bit signed integer 32761 to 32767 N/A 0 to 30000 0.0001
PsnNet_500m Net Photosynthesis kgC/m²/8day 16-bit signed integer 32761 to 32767 N/A -30000 to 30000 0.0001
Psn_QC_500m Quality Control Indicators Bit Field 8-bit unsigned integer 255 N/A 0 to 254 N/A

Non-Terrestrial Fill Value Classes

Value Description
32761 Land cover assigned as "unclassified" or not able to determine
32762 Land cover assigned as urban/built-up
32763 Land cover assigned as "permanent" wetlands/inundated marshland
32764 Land cover assigned as perennial snow, ice
32765 Land cover assigned as barren, sparse veg (rock, tundra, desert)
32766 Land cover assigned as perennial salt or inland fresh water
32767 Fill Value

Product Quality

For the year-end gap-filled MYD17A2HGF, users may ignore the QC data layer because cloud-contaminated LAI/FPAR gaps have been temporally filled prior to calculation.

Mappings for the Psn_QC_500m layer and an explanation of how to interpret this information are provided under Section 4.1 in the User Guide.

The quality layer is stored in an efficient bit-encoded manner. The unpack_sds_bits executable from the LDOPE Tools is available to the user community to help parse and interpret this layer.

Known Issues

Operational and uncertainty issues are provided under Section 2 in the User Guide.

For complete information about known issues please refer to the MODIS/VIIRS Land Quality Assessment website.

About the image

Aqua MODIS gross primary productivity (GPP) data from the MYD17A2HGF product over Central America from December 26 - 31, 2020.

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User Guide
Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD)
File Specification

Using the Data

Access Data


DOI: 10.5067/MODIS/MYD17A2HGF.061